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on this story as they become available to us. >>> also tonight, president obama says his administration will formally recognize the syrian opposition forces fighting with syrian president bashir al assad. here's what the president told barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> this, by the way, comes nearly a month oafter britain ad france recognized the coalition. the move is important to the coalition. it is looking to get rid of this man, al assad, but it doesn't mean washington will be giving them weapons any time soon. that is a huge sticking point. defense secretary leon panetta is saying there is no new intelligence indicating assad's regime is moving any closer to using the chemical weapons that had so many people on edge just earlier this week. >>> tonight, we are also learning that an american has been held in north korea for more than a month no
the president obama's national security team. >> christians, jews, men, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future and a future of this kind can not possibly include assad. >> reporter: the administration has been reluctant to get involved militarily in syria for the past 20 months of fighting but recognizes it will likely get drawn in to fill the vacuum when assad goes which is seen as inevitability at this point. pentagon planners recognize they can't sit on the sidelines. there is increasing evidence some of the shoulder-fired missiles known as manpads which the cia were trying to track and contain in libya, may have migrated to syria, bringing down a syrian fighter jet and helicopter last week. then there are reports of chemical weapons, sarin gas being loaded into canisters for possible use. the u.s. set up a task force at a base north of ammon, jordan with 150 u.s. special forces working on a plan to secure assad's chemical weapons. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has m
, the syrian dictator that murdered all the people. great judgment, don't you think? >> eric: dana's point does she deserve it? does ambassador to be secretary of state? >> greg: will obama protect her? >> eric: this is crazy. the ambassadorships are pay-back and give-backs. common on both sides of the aisle. >> bob: both sides. three posts particularly there. france, britain and bermuda. those are the three that people want. >> andrea: you want bermuda. >> bob: i would. >> greg: you want thailand. >> bob: that would be excellent. >> eric: california. [ laughter ] >> andrea: hawaii. >> bob: seriously, this is nothing new. they give it to big contributors, every administration does it. >> dana: or give it to someone accomplished. george h.w. bush was offered that position in the '70s. he went to china instead. that was not a hardship post but it wasn't the grand lovely post that you get as the u.k. that residence there is beautiful. >> andrea: switch gears. talk about eck land and france. switch gears to go across the pond and talk about a headline says it's the nation's joy but a husband's nerv
place in turmoil. in just a few minutes, the growing crisis tonight in syria. the syrian military awaiting the go signal from president assad. ambassador john bolton will be here. >>> first, to detroit where one council member says president obama owes the city big time and she wants to collect. council member joann watson saying the president should bail out the cash strapped city because so many residentses voted for him. >> after the election of jimmy carter, the honorable coleman alexander young, he went to washington, d.c. he came back home with some bacon. >> i remember that. >> the that what you do. that's what you do. our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of this president. there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that. >> greta: so ha as the white hoe responds to that, darren nichols joins us. i suppose the white house has not specifically responded to that demand? >> well, absolutely correct. as far as i know, the president has not responded to that request. that is something that council woman joann watson has said on
it working again. u.s. officials confirmed that syrian forces have confirmed scuffles. that is the news. >>> welcome back to "hardball." there was a hint of movement on the fiscal cliff deal between president obama and speaker boehner yesterday. here's where things stand for now. the white house sent over a proposal that lowered the revenue target for the president obama from $1.6 trillion to $1.6 trillion. he also increased spending cuts to $600 billion. so you have three things he's moving on there. speaker boehner was not impressed sending over his original offer of $800 billion in revenue. by the way that was the number last summer, summer of '11. acknowledged there's a long way to go. let's listen to him. >> i remain the most optimistic person in this town, but we've got some serious differences. the president and i had a pretty frank conversation about just how far apart we are. >> and in an interview with barbara walters, the president held firm and said time is running out. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other. and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on
: the syrian government confirming it's getting its chemical weapons ready and may use it. the assad regime prepared the nerve gas sarin and loaded it. martha: i'm martha maccallum. president obama is warning assad that the whole world is watching his actions very closely, and if he were to use chemical weapons on his own people, it would clearly have large consequences for him. bill: secretary of state hillary clinton called an emergency meeting with the pentagon. >> the pentagon has contingency plans for everything including the chemical attack. it's believed according to a u.s. source that syria has put this sarin fast into cannisters that could be dropped from planes. these cannisters are designed to fracture so the devastating nerve gas could escape. but it's not known whether syria intends to use those chemical weapons. we think we have it in aerosol form. the u.s. is making contingency plans in case bashar al-asaad leaves the country suddenly and flees somewhere for asylum which would leave a vacuum there. several countries in that region are trying to find a place for assad to go. s
. [inaudible conversations] >> u.s. intelligence officials said wednesday that syrian let terry have loaded the precursor chemicals for a deadly nerve gas into aerial bombs. thursday, a bipartisan group of senators expressed support for the obama administration latest morning of the eighth assad machine. an undersea king, lieberman and graham spoke to reporters for 20 minutes. >> good afternoon, i am here with my colleagues in the senate come senator lieberman, senator coons and senator graham. we are deeply disturbed by reports that bashar assad may have westernized some of this chemical and biological agents and prepare them for use in aerial bombs. these reports also suggest that assad's forces are awaiting orders to use these weapons. to come in these reports may mean that the united states and our allies are facing the prospect of imminent use of weapons of mass destruction and area and this may be the last morning we get it. time for talking about what to do may now be coming to a closer we may instead be left with an awful and very difficult decision of whether to continue on the sid
's use of chemical weapons on its own people president obama formally recognized the rebel group as a legitimate representative of searia, the move further bolsters the u.s. support for a new government. >> we've made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime, and so we will provide them recognition and obviously with that recognition comes responsibilities on the part of that coalition. >> the white house says the show of support for the coalition falls short of what many rebels want. spokesman jay carney says the u.s. will not provide weapons for the fighters. >>> very busy night for the president. he also spent time on the phone talking with house speaker john boehner trying to negotiate a deal to keep the u.s. from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. house republicans meeting right now and we expect to hear from the house speaker at the top of the hour. dana bash, capitol hi
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